In a wise move, the Texas legislature has decided not to pass a bill that forces city police departments to do the job of the INS:
The "sanctuary cities" bill would have barred cities from stopping police departments from asking about immigration status of people who are detained or arrested. It died when the Texas legislature adjourned without passing it.
Business interests and law enforcement both opposed the bill. Businesses understand that in a tough economy, immigrant labor often keeps them going at a profitable pace and they have no desire to have laws on the books that seek to drive them out of business. Law Enforcement is already overburdened with the bad economy and does not need additional responsibilities.
As usual, many Texas conservatives talk a big game about stopping illegal immigration, but in the end the people who actually have to deal with the reality of the situation came together to block the bad legislation. Good for them!